Just a rehearsal for Christmas dinner.
As usual the most of the food on the table will be from traditional Russian cuisine.
Here is one of the favourites : Herring under a Fur Coat
You might raise your brows: under a fur coat?
That’s right, it is a literal translation of the name. Sometimes we call it SHUBA , which is the word for a fur coat in Russian. And of cause there is no fur on a plate. It is simply diced smoked or cured herring filets dressed 🙂 with root vegetables, egg and mayonnaise, one of those dishes that you either love or hate. Though I can definitely say that I don’t know any Russian who does not like it.
– I absolutely love this red cabbage! It’s delicious!
-We have not served red cabbage today.
-What is it then?
-This is beetroot home recipe.
-But I don’t like beetroot!
-You’ve just said that you ABSOLUTELY love it 🙂
This conversation has happened a few years ago, when one of our guests having dinner rediscovered BEETROOT.
The lady said that if I told her that there was a beetroot on her plate she would not have touched it, as she never liked beetroot . She ‘s obviously changed her mind.
Over the years we’ve had many visitors like this and my Russian style beetroot has never failed to impress. Following several requests for a recipe, I decided to include it in Galya’s kitchen Menu.
Here it is.
For 1 kg of RAW beetroot you need:
0.3 kg of onions finely chopped
0.5 part of raw carrots grated on a large grater
1 x 800gr tinned hole tomatoes in tomato juice
garlic ( I put a lot, but you can have it as much as you like)
2 table spoons of walnut oil ( or 2 teaspoons of sesame oil)
2 Bay leaves
bunch of fresh parsley finely chopped ( if you like it)
Heat the sunflower oil in a deep frying pan until very hot.
Sauté onions until they start to change the color.
Add grated carrot and grated beetroot. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook on a medium heat until nearly all the juice evaporated.
Meanwhile process the tomatoes in a food processor into a passata ( no need to sieve it)
Once the juices in the frying pan have evaporated add the tomatoes + 2 table spoons of Ketchup (or 1 table spoon of sugar).
Cook on a small heat until the tomatoes well integrated into the beetroot and the juices nearly evaporated again.
Add finely chopped garlic, stir, add bay leaf, walnut ( or sesame) oil and chopped parsley just before turning it off.
Eat hot as a garnish to any meat or fish or veggie dish.
I like it cold, just with a piece of bread.
It tastes better on the second day!
Yes, yes, yes, one more cake!
This time for an adorable couple, who came celebrate their reunion and sharing their joy with their family.
“Lemon and honey – heavenly soft” has received a lot of compliments.
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Just to say thank you to everybody, who came yesterday to taste the trial wedding cake .
I hope that everyone enjoyed their afternoon with a slice or two ( or four 😮 )
Here are a few shots of making the 5 tier wedding cake. By the way, it took 3 days to make the sugar decorations and the bottom layer (only because I was trying to find the best way of doing it and it had to be redone)
The rest of the cake (4 tiers of different flavours) was done in 3 days.
No fondant or marzipan covering, the cakes are covered with thin layer of Swiss meringue buttercream of different flavour.
Here it is!
It’s been a while since my last post. It’s not because Galya’s kitchen was closed , in fact it was and is very much open.
The summer has gone and now we are not as busy at La Croix du Reh (our B&B) as we were then. But there is a lot going on in Galya’s kitchen.
They say that one of the biggest and most stressful events in a life is Wedding. Correct! I can confirm that and many people will agree. My daughter is getting married and the date is rapidly approaching.
And guess what? I have taken a responsibility for MAKING ( yes, making!) the wedding cake.
At first we might think that there is nothing unusual and there are many people nowadays making HOME MADE wedding cakes for their daughters, sons, nieces etc…
But how many people can say that they made a wedding cake for 150 people?
This is the reason why Galya’s kitchen was quiet for a while. I’ve been doing a lot of research and practising making cakes and decorations.
This coming Sunday the 30 of October there will be my first attempt to put together FULL SIZE 4 TIER CAKE for 150 people.
And anyone who wants to come and taste it is welcome !
(I know, I know, it’s a short notice. But running B&B is full of surprises such as last minute reservations, which can interrupt the preparations.)
Nevertheless, the date is set.
See you there!
Oh, yes! Another cake! This time it’s my own recipe : simple in its separate layers, but sophisticated in how all the ingredients and layers work together. It’s like falling in love : with each bite there is an explosion of new textures and flavours, you want more and more, and when the plate is empty you have nice after-taste , feeling complete and happy to have it again tomorrow, then the day after and then the day after that and every day! 🙂
Our guests were asking for seconds: the best complement one could ever have!
I present :
THE CAKE “VALENTINE”